Throughout assimilation, there was a cultural barrier between the Indians and the teachers. At the core of this barrier was the idea that one culture was more civilized than the other. This idea can be seen in both Native American boarding schools and at St. Lucy’s. As stated in Sarah E. Stone’s dissertation, the teachers at Native American boarding schools were not “culturally familiar” (57) with the students and, as a result, treated them differently. Similarly, at St. Lucy’s the nuns saw the wolf girls as barbaric people and treated them accordingly.
Every country has a past and within their past lies positive instances and instances that are considered regrettable. In Canada’s case, they are no exception to this occurrence. The existence of residential schools in Canada has always been regarded as one of the nation’s darkest moments in history. These ‘centres of education’ were despicable as they were founded on twisted ideologies, they functioned poorly, and left a negative legacy behind. In short, residential schools have done more harm than good.
In the 1800s, Native Americans were oppressed because they were deemed to be “uncivilized” barbaric human beings. In order for Native Americans to become assimilated into the “white mans” culture of that time, Native American children were enrolled into boarding schools. Students in these boarding schools have had both positive and negative experiences. In the novel, Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press, by Jacqueline Emery, Henry Caruthers Roman Nose reflects on his experience in the boarding school through essays, and in the novel, American Indian Stories, Legends and Other Writings, Zitkala-Sa reflects on her experience through different types of writings. Despite how Henry Caruthers Roman Nose found boarding
In the story,"The School Days of an Indian Girl" a girl named Zitkala-Ša talks about how it feels to come into a new country knowing nothing about it. She comes to America with her sister, her first experience with people from here doesn’t go well. She gets on a train filled with people, mainly white. They all look at her in a weird way. Even babies are looking at them weird.
The text “School Days of an Indian Girl” by Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin) is an autobiographical short story written in the early 1900’s in which the author recounts her experience in a government-subsidized boarding school. The purpose of her short story is to show the difficulties of being a Native American in a white, American-dominated school while at the same time showing how white Americans treated the Native American minority in educational situations or environments while her audience targets people with similar experiences as her or arguably even the white Americans due to the text being in the lingua franca, English. In this text, the author has an interesting way of representing her white American counterparts due to her culture’s
“Indian Boarding School: The Runaways” by Louise Eldrich bears overwhelming notes of running away from what could be what one assumes to be the Indian boarding school and returning to home. The beginning few lines provide the idea of wishing to return home on boxcars and an escape in their dreams. The next line, “the rails, old lacerations that we love/ shoot parallel across the face and break,” indicate a guiding force in memories and pain, but also a longing for what the lacerations represent in the phrase ‘old lacerations that we love.’ The lacerations refer to emotions and memories of home, and using the imagery of train tracks cutting through the ground like lacerations, show how home might not be a particularly perfect idea.
I read the book The Indian School by Gloria Whelan and the genre is Biography. In my book there is 96 pages. According to goodreads.com someone wrote that “the book sends a good message about the importance of maintaining a person’s culture, especially for children. ”I think this would be a good book for 8-12 and it would be the perfect for these ages because it the vocabulary is not to hard and if you love read about story 's from the past this would be a great book for you. The protagonists in this book the is a girl named Lucy and a girl named Raven.
In both instances in “St. Lucy’s” and the Native American Indians, they had no other option but to be repressed by the Early Americans. Such as the early American nation thought it was necessary for the assimilation of the American Indians. Likewise the assimilation of the American Indians the girls in “St. Lucy’s” were forced to blend in and forget their old way of life to learn to act like a human. For the purpose of assimilation, some American Indian children were kidnapped and taken to boarding schools to learn how to be more like the early Americans and forced to forget their old way of life. With this in mind; “St. Lucy’s” children weren’t really kidnapped, but more convinced that this is what there wolf parents wanted from them and
“Based on the documentary Black Indians, why did Native Americans and African Americans form alliances and intermingle historically?” The interracial cooperation between Native Americans and African Americans came from necessity. In addition, the rationale for this relationship has changed periodically throughout the history of their contact in Colonial America. During the period of slavery in the United States, the children of African American man and Native American women would gain the freedom of Native Americans in the United States at that period.
“....I believe in immersing the Indian in our civilization and when we get them under, holding them there until they are thoroughly soaked.”, said Richard Henry Pratt. Richard Pratt founded the United States’ first indian boarding school. Carlisle Indian Industrial School was established in the year of 1879 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Indian Boarding Schools were created to decimate traditional indian culture, and replace it with white, american culture. There were a plethora of indian boarding schools established in the United States.
Imagine being forced to leave your home, just for the reason of white settlers needing land to plant cotton. In 1814, Andrew Jackson from Tennessee commanded, the U.S. military forces that defeated a faction of the Cherokee nation. In their defeat, they lost 22 million acres of land. The Cherokees were given two years to migrate voluntarily, at the end of the two years the Cherokees would be removed by force. In 1838 only 2,000 had migrated and 16,000 remained on the land.